Give the Gift of Clean for Valentine's Day
February 14 is supposed to be about celebrating your love for the special someone in your life. However, the relationship strain associated with household chores may leave many couples glaring at each other rather than casting starry-eyed glances.
While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend forgoing any flowers or chocolates, a break from the household chores could make excellent Valentine’s Day gifts for couples. Learn about the impact cleaning house can have on your love life, then take a look at how a little bit of help could go a long way.
Household Chores As Part-Time Lovers
Many people come home from work and dive straight into cooking dinner, paying bills or ticking boxes off their daily cleaning schedules. They know that there’s plenty for them to do when they walk through the front door. What many people don’t know is exactly how long they spend managing their households.
Well, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics American Time Use Survey, 76% of individuals polled spent 2.1 to 2.6 hours of an average day tending to household activities, including household chores and meal preparation. That might not seem like a lot, but when you consider a partnership, you’re looking at up to 26 hours a week. That’s more than a full day you could use for quality time with family, date night or the "me" time that keeps you balanced.
Excessive Amounts of Chores Leave Love on the Rocks
At some point, you may have vocalized the thought that all the cooking, cleaning and organizing you have to do has led to discord within your partnership. A working paper from Harvard Business School (HBS) has your back in this regard, stating that “disagreement about chores are a primary source of relationship conflict” and “both men and women become frustrated working a ‘second shift’ at home.”
In fact, the HBS working paper referenced a study of new divorces that found 30% of respondents “cited ‘disagreements about housework’ as the number one reason for their divorce.” Additional research indicated that agreement over household chores was the third most important factor in a successful marriage.
If that’s not convincing enough, a quick internet search will immediately yield myriad results indicating that seething about your significant other watching TV while you’re stuck scrubbing toilet bowls is not something you suffer through alone.
Bring Back the Sunshine with Housekeeping Help
Here’s the good news: That same HBS working paper hypothesizes that couples who spend money on time-saving purchases — such as cleaning services — are happier and share more quality time together.
And guess what? The results of their studies so far show that is indeed the case! Time-saving purchases like housekeeping services are proving to increase both the satisfaction in the couples studied while also allowing them to spend more quality time with each other.
So while it may not seem like one of the most romantic Valentine’s Day gifts for couples, a healthy dose of housekeeping help could lead to lots of love and happiness. In addition, we’re willing to bet your partner might appreciate the gesture even more if you explained the logic behind your gift. All in all, it’s a win-win!
If you’re flirting with the idea of treating your sweetie to a clean home this Valentine’s Day, contact your local Merry Maids to stage the surprise. Or consider getting a Merry Maids gift card so your main squeeze can set up services around his or her schedule. However you’d like to go about it, we’re here to be your cleaning cupids when you need us.